Evening entertainment is centered around each ship's main theater. On our most recent cruise, the internationally themed production shows were mostly well received. By design, they feature very little singing or talking in English, which distinguishes them from the usual shows you find at sea. Some shows draw on European circus traditions, featuring jugglers, magicians, opera singers, and classical musicians. It's that European influence -- also evident in shows by opera singers and other guest performers, at audience-participation shows, at the lively disco, and in karaoke sessions -- that distinguishes MSC's entertainment from the American cruise lines. In the evening, there's live music in multiple lounges, ranging from a pianist to a combo, from a Mexican trio to a string quartet. Strangely for ships with so much live music, there's no live orchestra for the shows: Even background music for the classical pianists and opera singers is prerecorded.
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